SALT LAKE CITY — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Phoenix Outpatient Clinic has been named the Medical Office Project of the Year by NAIOP Arizona.
The honor was formally presented to Jacobsen Construction Company at an awards ceremony in Phoenix on Thursday, June 9.
“This project was a special opportunity to create a place where our community’s brave veterans can receive world-class care,” said Jacobsen Project Director Greg Albertson, who oversaw construction of the clinic. “We could not be more happy to know that the result of this project will lead to shorter travel distances and wait times for veterans, and will give them better access to the latest advancements in health care. Serving those who have so selflessly served us was an honor.”
NAIOP Arizona, a well-respected association of commercial real estate developers, uses several criteria — including community impact, innovation, project quality, and contribution to the local economy — to choose award winners each year.
Completed in February 2022, the Veterans Affairs Phoenix Outpatient Clinic is a comprehensive facility offering patients primary care, mental health treatment, radiology services, OB-GYN care, pharmacy services and more. Staff work in an open office configuration to enhance collaboration and communication in support of the VA’s Patient-Aligned Care Teams (PACT) team-based care initiative. The building stands five stories tall, and at 280,000 square feet it is one of the largest VA facilities ever built. It is also expected to host more than 500,000 patient visits per year in 460 exam and consult rooms, filling a large need for Arizona veterans.
The building’s programmatic layout emphasizes the centrality of mental health treatment in veterans’ health care, with the entire second floor dedicated to mental health services. The clinic is also designed to maximize natural daylight, creating a feeling of wellness and connection to the outdoors, and is certified as a Two Green Globes project for the high sustainability standards met by its energy-efficient building systems. Strict security standards — prompted by the tragic 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that destroyed a federal building — also structurally protect the clinic against explosions or other high-impact events, with stringent blast rating standards observed in order to ensure the most secure possible environment for veterans seeking care. The clinic has also been a greatly welcome addition to downtown Phoenix, contributing significantly to stability, commerce and development in its neighborhood.